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The Life and Works of Michelangelo

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Michelangelo di Ludovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy (“Michelangelo”, 2013). His childhood was lacking in affection, and when he was only six years old his mother, Francesca Neri, died of an illness leaving him with his father, Ludovico. (Ruehring). At a young age, Ludovico realized Michelangelo’s intellectual potential and enrolled him in Francesco Galeota’s school (Ruehring). While at the school, Michelangelo met a student of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. (Ruehring). Domenico Ghirlandaio was an early Renaissance painter who was known for his detailed narrative frescoes (“Domenico Ghirlandaio”, 2013). When Michelangelo was only thirteen he decided to pursue art and become an apprentice in Domenico Ghirlandaio’s workshop. (Ruehring). Michelangelo’s father became enraged with Michelangelo’s decision, for he had planned for Michelangelo to become a merchant and uphold the family’s standing in society (Ruehring). Because of Michelangelo’s decision to pursue art instead of become a merchant, a separation between Michelangelo and his father was created; the separation between his father and him troubled Michelangelo his entire life (Ruehring). After his apprenticeship with Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo studied sculpture and anatomy at the school in the Medici gardens (Ruehring). Because of Michelangelo’s success there, he was invited into Lorenzo de’ Medici’s home (Ruehring). Lorenzo de’ Medici, also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, was the ruler and patron of arts and was very well renowned (“Lorenzo De’ Medici Biography”, 2013). This was very impactful on Michelangelo’s life and influenced his future. Through that experience, he was exposed to humanists, scientists, and poets (Ruehring). Even thoug...

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